Gilbert’s Loquat BBQ Sauce

Chef Kenny Gilbert shared with us the secret to his delicious loquat BBQ sauce found readily available at his restaurant in Fernandina Beach. Find a local loquat tree near you and impress your friends and family with this fresh, seasonal sauce made from scratch by one of our region's finest culinary talents.
By / Photography By Amy Robb | September 07, 2015


Place all ingredients into a large pot. Turn stove on medium heat. Cook slow for 1 hour. Purée BBQ sauce with hand blender until smooth.

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  • 2 quarts Loquats, seeded
  • 1 quart Tomatoes, canned/peeled
  • 1 cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Brown Mustard
  • 3 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Lite Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup Alaga Cane Syrup
  • 2 Fresno Chilis, stemmed
  • 3 tbsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt

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